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Zero Murders: Searching for Lessons from Two Decades of Anti-Violence Interventions in August Town

Date Published: 
September, 2019
Lead Researcher(s): 
Diana Thorburn
Joanna Callen
Laura Koch
Janet Bedasse
Thematic Area: 

Jamaica's extraordinarily high levels of violence undermine citizen security and retard economic growth. Over the past two decades, dozens of state and non-state actors, in a desire for peace, have initiated several violence-reduction/ intervention programmes in August Town. So when, in 2016, the violence plagued community recorded “zero murders,” all of Jamaica took note. The cries about how this was achieved, which, with the exception of 2016 remain unchanged. After decades of extraordinarily high violence, with a homicide rate of 120 per 100,000, how did August Town achieve this?